I truly believe the proposed changes to the implementation of the Common Core standards delivered by the Board of Regents are a direct result of the outcry heard from parents, teachers and administrators. We should consider these proposals in light of the major, valid concerns raised and the goal of providing the best educational environment and opportunity for our children. The issues related to the roll-out of the Common Core standards and its effect on the curriculum and testing of our students is far from over.
Queens, NY, March 31, 2014 – Changes to New York State schools’ Common Core are coming, and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and fellow legislators are prepared to monitor how and when the changes are executed.
Rockaway Park, NY (September 22, 2014) –About 200 middle school students sat in the auditorium at the Waterside School for Leadership M.S. 318 as State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. discussed his own role as a leader, both in the community and in Albany.
"I look forward to exploring the details of the vision for our state presented by Governor Cuomo at his State of the State on Wednesday. His ambitious policy plans and budgetary proposals must be evaluated along with doing what is best for my constituents and the state. I agree with the Governor as he stressed the need for fiscal responsibility, creating jobs, assisting small businesses, tax cuts for homeowners and renters, continuing mayoral control of our schools with improvements and overall progress for the education of our children.
“The current reality leaves many of our state's post-graduate students in a state of limbo -- they may have a job, but are not earning enough to live in the real world. Some are then forced to either move back home, whether that be in or out of New York, or search for work and a life outside of the state. We want to invest in our students, literally, because as they evolve then so does our own local work force and economy.
“I was able to attend the career fair at the Scholars Academy in the Rockaways and speak to high school students about both my occupation as well as their interests and goals. Visiting the schools in my district and reaching out to our youth is very important to me, and in the spirit of Career Day it’s vital they are exposed to a variety of employments paths. Principal Brian O’Connell and his staff did a great job in arranging the event and I thank them for inviting me,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.
“I always take any opportunity to visit a local YMCA. The organization shares a valuable, wholesome vision with our youth and I am honored to take a chance to be a part of that,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. “Most recently, I visited P.S.